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Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

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reviews: 33
Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

This hotel has to be the worst place for encouraging cats. The management do not stop these from entering the restaurants and the people themselves need to stop feeding them - it is totally unhygienic to everyone else!

This happened at inside & outside tables & nothing was ever done by management or staff

At one table, 6 cats were being fed from the plates of 4 different people - from out of their hands! People had gone into the buffet, picked up food, hopefully with the utensils provided, but unfortunately not guaranteed, and then fed the food by hand to these cats!

These same hands then were used to handle the utensils again to bring more food out to feed them even more!

Why is this allowed!!!

It happened every day of our holiday.

If this happened in the UK, this hotel would be closed down - surely the same hygiene standards for a major hotel chain should be higher??

London, United...
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for Hammamet
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1. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Stray cats in Agadir are all over the place and not just in Riu Tikida alone. In most hotel and also in run down filthy area in town. One particular hotel with this problem is Tagadirt Hotel. The place canonly be described as a colony of cats. I have always wondered why until I found out that a previous German guest felt so sorry for the animals, that he actually started donating money to the hotel so the cats are well fed and looked after. So they be come pompous and they made the hotel ground their home. Hotel staff always feed them away from the guest dining areas for obvious hygiegenic resaon. May be one day other hotels would follow suited.

Cheers

Cas

Marrakech
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2. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Regardless of which hotel you go to you can never guarantee that the guests have washed their hands and used cutlery before handling food.

It is normal that animals go where the food is (that's why the guests are at the restaurant after all!) And if the guests feed them it is understandable that they return each day.

Just because animals are in restaurants (which are mainly outdoor) it doesn't mean that there are animals in the kitchen, or bring into question the kitchen hygiene.

marrakech
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for Morocco
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3. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Hi,

It is the guests personal hygeine habits that are important rather than the fact there are cats wandering in and out. Stand by the toilets and see how many people forget to wash their hands after a visit then go and help themselves from the buffet! Yeuch!

Edited: 6:34 pm, November 15, 2012
Marrakech, Morocco
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4. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Or get yourself arrested for toilet loitering! Sound point though: many people have never been trained from childhood in this the simpest of all personal hygiene techniques. It is often not a case of "forgetting" but more a case of never been in the habit/don't care attitude.

As a biology student I once conducted a survey of fungal (mould) contaminents in barroom dishes of peanuts and other shared bar snacks. (What a great excuse for bar hopping in the name of science!) The reader may not be surprised at the results.

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6. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Actually my point is regarding the management allowing this to go on. people the world over will behave however they choose. We stayed in an AI last year in Kenya & you had to have your hands sanitised on entry to the buffet in that hotel - refusing meant no entry - this is hygiene management - and there were no cats allowed anywhere near the eating.

People generally need to also be aware of what they do & the effect it may have on others - but as we all know, this cannot be controlled - particularly when on holiday.

The management of hotels however can & should have certain standards & keeping animals away from food is an absolute priority - note they allowed them inside as well as outside the restaurants!

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7. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Well said John w we was at the Europa in October and all week we was feeding a stray cat and her two kittens we gave the waiter some money when we left to make sure the kittens were looked after how can someone begrudge giving up a bit of their food to a living creature is beyond me.

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8. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Well done, we fed the cats for the whole 11 days that we were at the Tikida Dunas.

The poor little things were lovely, they waited in the same place to get their scraps, how can anyone begrudge them a few little tit bits, they deserve to eat too.

Edited: 4:02 pm, December 03, 2012
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10. Re: Cats in Riu Tikida Dunas

Thank you everyone who is humane enough to feed these beautiful animals. My daughter and I save food all the time when we travel to feed the stray cats and dogs, it doesn't hurt anyone. The only thing we often think is who will feed them when we are gone but it is nice to know there are other travelers like us.